Stanley Kennedy North: Medieval homages, c1920s
Posted by RDN under On art on 27 August 2014
Stanley North, or Stanley Kennedy North (and sometimes, as below in the carol work, Kennedy North) as he became on his marriage to Helen Kennedy (his second wife), was a strikingly modern illustrator but almost as much a passionate medievalist – as we see in various images in the rest of this page.
Moving on to other rather similar Stanley North medievalist offerings, see below…
This seems to be one of SKN’s loveliest fancies. Attributed to him, and certainly strongly in the style we know to be his, it is a set of four panels (21 inch diameter, tempera and gesso on canvas laid down on panel, according to the Christie’s catalogue in which they were offered for sale as part of the Neil Wilson Collection, in tribute to the late gallery specialist, in September 2014.)
I have stuck to the titles given to the four pieces by Nicholas Bagshawe, who first brought them to my attention in 2010 and kindly gave me these photographic images. (Christie’s have them, in rather better timeline style, as The arrival of the suitor, Garden courtship, The bride, The wedding feast.) The Christie’s catalogue describes them, accurately I imagine, as in style of “Pre-Raphaelitism, Arts & Crafts, with an aestheticism inspired by the Book of Hours”
Here is a typical SKN illustration in medievalist mode. It is from the Pears annual from 1925, as captured by Mikey Asworth at his Flikr feed. This seems to have been a collaboration with Cecil Sharp, as – I am presuming – was the folk dance work, also posted here.